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It doesn’t happen too often but so far this month it’s been consistent.  Some parts of Australia are well below average for this time of year making New Zealand look like the place to holiday if you want a little warmth! This morning crunchy grass, frozen ponds and ice on widescreens, greeted those in Sydney.  The air temperature dropped to just 3 degrees – at the exact same time it was 11 degrees in Auckland.
“Both Sydney’s overnight lows and day time highs have been either equal to or a few degrees below Auckland for the past few weeks and this week is no different” says Head Weather Analyst Philip Duncan of The Radio Network.  “The lows in the Tasman which have been feeding down warm air over the North Island have also been sending bitterly cold air up Australia’s east coast”.
Mr Duncan says it’s worth pointing out that Sydney has the same latitude as Cape Reinga.
In Canberra snow is forecast to fall starting tonight lasting through tomorrow, however snow falls aren’t likely to be heavy.
And Duncan says it’s the mild air from the current low centred near Auckland’s west coast which will mean a frost free week for the North Island and most of the South.  “With historically the coldest weather of the year now upon us I’m starting to wonder if in fact our coldest weather has already been.  We seem to be stuck in an easterly pattern which is bringing warmer wetter to the North Island at least”. 



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